WHERE TO EAT, DRINK AND VISIT IN JA­PAN

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KY­OTO • Arit­sugu A shop that has been in hand­craft­ing knives since 1560. Nishiki Mar­kets, Ky­oto. • Hit­suji In­ter­est­ing doughnut flavours like sweet potato and earl grey are a reg­u­lar oc­cur­rence at the small doughnut shop Hit­suji, near Ky­oto’s Im­pe­rial Palace. The ones rolled in co­coa are not to be missed — get in early though as they usu­ally sell out. Cor­ner Tomi­nokoji and Ebisug­awa streets, Ky­oto. • Ki­tone My favourite shop to visit when I am in Ky­oto. They have a won­der­ful col­lec­tion of ce­ram­ics, wooden ob­jects and fab­ric from artists in Ja­pan. As well as the home­wares, there’s a restau­rant where the chef pro­duces sim­ple home-style meals, all served in ce­ram­ics from the shop. ki­tone.jp • Monk Tucked in the foothills of Ky­oto, Monk is a real es­cape from the city. A truly serene din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, where the food is thought­ful, but gen­er­ous in spirit. The sea­sonal menu changes daily. restau­rant-monk.com • Noku Ho­tel This bou­tique ho­tel is in a great lo­ca­tion near the Im­pe­rial Palace. nokuroxy.com TOKYO • Ea­trip Sit in the atrium-like din­ing room of Ea­trip and you may con­vince your­self that you’re in the coun­try­side some­where. How­ever, this lit­tle green oa­sis ac­tu­ally sits a mo­ment’s walk from bustling Haru­juku in Tokyo. The fo­cus here is or­ganic, both in food and wine, and the menu changes daily, de­pend­ing on what the farm­ers de­liver. restau­rant-ea­trip.com • Farm­ers’ Mar­ket at UNU Every week­end, the court­yard of the United Na­tions Univer­sity be­comes a buzzing farm­ers’ mar­ket. Food trucks line the perime­ter and there is a ro­tat­ing schedule of events, such as sake or bak­ery fes­ti­vals, which oc­cupy the rear of the space, mak­ing for a fun morn­ing out. farm­ers­mar­kets.jp • Hi­gashiya This store spe­cialises in tra­di­tional Ja­panese sweets. Their flag­ship in Ginza is the most im­pres­sive but the hole-in-the-wall branch in Aoyama, which spe­cialises in manju (buns usu­ally filled with sweet red bean), is equally as beau­ti­ful. An­other project of theirs is the Saku­rai Ja­panese Tea Ex­pe­ri­ence in Tokyo’s fa­mous Spi­ral build­ing — well worth a visit. hi­gashiya.com/en • Merci Bake My favourite cake shop in Tokyo, Merci Bake cre­ates sim­ple but de­li­cious treats like choco­late pound cake and lay­ered car­rot cake as well an ar­ray of bis­cuits, pre­serves and par­faits in jars. mercibake.com • Sun­day Bake Shop There’s a real neigh­bour­hood feel about this place. The counter is filled with in­ter­est­ing and un­usual takes on tra­di­tional cakes. sun­day­bakeshop.jp • Tarui Bak­ery The place in Tokyo for ar­ti­san bread, as well as ba­nana loaves, savoury buns and sand­wiches. Fol­low @taruibak­ery on In­sta­gram. • Tonki Tonki has reached cult sta­tus with trav­ellers and lo­cals alike, not only for their im­pec­ca­ble tonkatsu (breaded, deep-friend pork), but for the the­atre that en­sues in the kitchen when you even­tu­ally get a seat at the bar (ex­pect lines!). We love to come here af­ter a long day walk­ing around Tokyo. Me­guro, Tokyo.

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